Subscribe to our Newsletter! Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, While Americans didn't know what to make of the mind-bending image paired with a provocative title, they weren't paying much attention to the man who made it. Duchamp reduced the descending nude to a series of some twenty different static positions whose fractured volumes and linear panels fill almost the entire canvas. The Nude 's destiny as a symbol also stemmed from its remarkable aggregation of avant-garde concerns:
The painting earned scathing reviews at its American premiere.
Dark outlines limit the contours of the body while serving as motion lines that emphasize the dynamics of the moving figure, while the accented arcs of the dotted lines seem to suggest a thrusting pelvic motion. The last of these he exhibited as "Fountain," causing another outrage in The polarizing piece earned prestige through public display. In an interview with the museum curator Katherine Kuh, Marcel Duchamp spoke about his Nude Descending a Staircase and its relation to Futurism and the photographic motion studies of Muybridge and Marey:. This page was last edited on 24 Mayat This image is in the public domain in the United States because it was first published outside the United States prior to January 1,